Security

From Charlie Hebdo to Samuel Paty, did France reach a turning point?

Article by Laura Governi | Illustration by Matilde Morri In the last five years, France was struck by several terrorist attacks. Political scientists and journalists believe that the terrorists’ aim was to create a state of chaos, undermining French culture, secularism and lifestyle. Those attacks did not manage to...

China’s Seat at the Arctic Table: Beijing’s Strategy for the Far North

Article by Caterina Tarozzi | Illustration by Beatrice Bandiera The strategically important Arctic region is reigniting geopolitical tensions to Cold War levels. Prompted by the consequences of global warming, new economic opportunities and mounting legal claims are making the inhospitable region a new Iron Curtain, where the energy policies...

What is going on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Francesco Moretti On Sunday, July 12th,  hostilities broke out on the border between the Tavush Province of Armenia and Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district. The clashes don’t have a clear dynamic yet. The authorities of both countries blame each other for starting the hostilities...

From Afghanistan to Iraq and Syria: unwinnable wars?

Article by Joana Lopes | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno Back in 2001, George W. Bush declared: “Either you are with us, or you are with terrorists”. Stated in the aftermath of September 11th (9/11), this quote roughly marks the moment in which U.S military forces were deployed to Afghanistan....

Business first: Italy and arms sales

Article by Matilde Monteleone | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno If during this period of global pandemic most of the productive activity in Italy has been blocked, if not slowed down, there is instead a sector of the economy that has never stopped growing: that of arms. The Decree of...

Why the new coronavirus is an asset for terrorists

Article by Joana Lopes | Illustration by Tommaso Bisagni Let’s consider the following argument: The coronavirus crisis has put the world in lockdown. Terrorists want to provoke mass causalities. Therefore, terrorist activity will decrease. This reasoning is a fallacy, for many reasons. For example, there are multiple types of...

Why mass surveillance is an undesirable method for counter-terrorism

Article by Joana Lopes | Illustration by Beatrice Bandiera The field of security and intelligence, especially the area of counter-terrorism, is no exception to the current technological advances: technology development, surveillance included, is an asset for both the perpetrators and counter-terrorism authorities. The use of the internet and artificial...

The importance of the lesser evil: why world politics still needs Kim Jong-un

Article by Laura Morazzini | Illustration by Guido Brualdi   For two weeks, the world held its breath. On April 15 Kim Jong-un’s absence at the celebration for his grandfather’s birthday didn’t go unnoticed and sparked rumours about Kim’s possible demise. His reappearance on May 2 relieved some observers...